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From the city of East Moline:

The City of East Moline Water Filtration Plant has found elevated levels of lead in drinking water in some homes/buildings.

Lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and children 6 years and younger.

Lead can cause serious health problems if too much enters your body from drinking water or other sources. It can cause damage to the brain and kidneys, and can interfere with the production of red blood cells that carry oxygen to all parts of your body. 

Lead is rarely found in source water, but enters tap water through corrosion of plumbing materials.

East Moline says water mains and treatment equipment owned and operated by the city do not contain lead materials. However, service lines, owned by homeowners, that connect to the city’s water mains and carry water from the water main to homes may contain lead, particuliarly homes built before 1986. These homes are more likely to have lead pipes, fixtures and solder.

Children under the age of six are highly recommended they have a lead blood test to determine their blood lead level.

Steps to reduce exposure to lead in water

If the level of lead found in your home’s drinking water is above 15 ppb or if you are concerned about the lead levels at your location, there are several things you can do:

• Run your water to flush out lead.

If water hasn’t been used for several hours, run water from your cold water kitchen tap or whatever cold water tap you use for drinking and cooking for at least 3 minutes

This will help flush lead-containing water from the pipes. To conserve water, you can fill and store multiple clean containers after flushing.

 • Bottled drinking water should be used by pregnant women, breast-feeding women, young children, and formula-fed infants at homes where lead has been detected at levels greater than 15 ppb.

• Use cold water for drinking, cooking, and preparing baby formula.

Do not cook with or drink water from the hot water tap; lead dissolves more easily into hot water. Do not use water from the hot water tap to make baby formula.

• Do not boil water to remove lead. Boiling water will not reduce lead.

• Look for alternative sources or treatment of water.

• Test your water for lead.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Wat
er Filtration Plant
,
901 12
th
Avenue, East Moline, IL 61244
(309) 752
-
1520
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT LEAD IN YOUR DRINKING WATER
The City of East Moline Water Filtration Plant found elevated levels of lead in drinking water in some
homes/buildings. Lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and chi
ldren 6 years
and younger. Please read this notice closely to see what you can do to reduce lead in your drinking water.
Health Effects of Lead
Lead can cause serious health problems if too much enters your body from drinking water or other sources. It
c
an cause damage to the brain and kidneys, and can interfere with the production of red blood cells that carry
oxygen to all parts of your body. The greatest risk of lead exposure is to infants, young children, and pregnant
women. Scientists have linked the
effects of lead on the brain with lowered IQ in children. Adults with kidney
problems and high blood pressure can be affected by low levels of lead more than healthy adults. Lead is
stored in the bones and it can be released later in life. During pregn
ancy, the child receives lead from the
mother’s bones, which may affect brain development.
Sources of Lead
The primary sources of lead exposure for most children are deteriorating lead
-
based paint, lead
-
contaminated
dust, and lead
-
contaminated soil. Expos
ure to lead is a significant health concern, especially for young children
and infants whose growing bodies tend to absorb more lead than the average adult.
Infants that drink formula
prepared with lead
-
contaminated water are at a greater risk because of t
he large volume of water they drink
relative to their body size.
Lead is rarely found in source water, but enters tap water through corrosion of
plumbing materials.
T
o t
he
best of our knowledge the
water mains
and treatment equipment
owned and
operated by
the City of East Moline do not contain lead materials. However, service lines, owned by
homeowners, that connect to the city’s water mains and carry water from the water main to your home may
contain lead.
Homes built before 1986 are more likely to hav
e lead pipes, fixtures and solder.
If you have children
, particularly
under the age of six, it is
highly recommended
that you
have a lead blood test
performed
on them
to determine their blood lead level. This can be done by your child’s doctor’s office
or
may be available at your local public health departmen
t or WIC location
.
Steps You Can Take to Reduce Your Exposure to Lead in Water
If the level of lead found in your home’s drinking water is
above 15 ppb
or if you are concerned about the lead
le
vels at your location, there are several things you can do:
Run your water to flush out lead
.
If water hasn’t been used for several hours, run water from your cold
water kitchen tap or whatever cold water tap you use for drinking and cooking for
at least 3
minutes
(the water should
get
cold
er or reach
a steady temperature
)
before using it for drinking or cooking.
This will help flush lead
-
containing water from the pipes. To conserve water, you can fill and store
multiple clean containers after flushing.
Wat
er Filtration Plant
,
901 12
th
Avenue, East Moline, IL 61244
(309) 752
-
1520
Bottled drinking water should be used by pregnant women, breast
-
feeding women, young children, and
formula
-
fed infants at homes where lead has been detected at levels greater than 15 ppb.
Use cold water for drinking, cooking, and preparing baby formula
.
Do not cook with or drink water
from the hot water tap; lead dissolves more easily into hot water. Do not use water from the hot water
tap to make baby formula.
Do not boil water to remove lead.
Boiling water will not reduce lead.
Look for alternative
sources or treatment of water.
Test your water for lead.
I
f you would like to have your water tested for lead, please contact the laboratory of your choice for
instruction
s, sampling requirements and cost. The local laboratories that we are aware of that can
provide this service are listed below:
QC Analytical Services, LLC
1798 Iowa Drive
LeClaire, Iowa 52753
Phone: 563
-
289
-
3373
QC Enviro
n
mental
17048 215
th
Street
Davenport, IA 52806
Phone: 563
-
386
-
7827
Please note that the City of East Moline does not endorse any p
articular vendor, organization, or
agency. All information is provided as a courtesy to our customers.
Identify if your plumbing fixtures contain lead
.
You can determine if your service line and plumbing
fixtures contain lead by contacting your plumber
to perform an inspection of your home’s system.
New brass faucets, fittings, and valves, including those advertised as “lead
-
free,” may contribute lead
to drinking water.
As of June 19, 1986, new or replaced water service lines and new household
plumbing
materials could not contain more than 8% lead. Lead content was further reduced on
January
4,
2014,
when
plumbing
materials
must now
be
certified as
"
lead
-
free
"
to
be
used
(weighted
average
of
wetted
surface
cannot
be
more
than
0.25%
lead
)
.
Consumers shou
ld be aware
of this when choosing fixtures and take appropriate precautions.
What Happened? What is Being Done?
The City of East Moline Water Filtration Plant recently conducted lead and copper
testing throughout our
distribution system
.
Several years a
go we worked with the Illinois
Environmental Protection Agency (
I
EPA)
to
determine geographic areas throughout our city that are most likely to have lead service lines and then
selected homes within these areas to test on a repeated basis every few years s
o that we can monitor lead
and copper levels throughout the city over time. The U
.
S
.
E
nvironmental
P
rotection
A
gency
has
a set
limit for
lead that requires
that
no more than
10% of the homes tested
be
above 15 parts per billion
(ppb). While we
have not
seen greater than 10% of sampled homes above the 15 ppb level in prior sampling years, this year we
did.
 
Wat
er Filtration Plant
,
901 12
th
Avenue, East Moline, IL 61244
(309) 752
-
1520
We are
working diligently to determine if there are measures that we can take to decrease the chances that
lead from lead ser
vice lines will contami
nate the
water supply
.
We
are evaluating our water treatment
process and increasing
water quality monitoring throughout the distribution system to ensure that residents
continue to receive safe high
-
quality non
-
corrosive water. We are also conducting add
itional lead sampling at
homes that are on our lead and copper sampling site plan as approved by the
I
EPA.
For more information call Leath Drake or Brianna Huber at 309
-
752
-
1520
or visit
182/Water
-
Filtration
-
Plant
.
To learn more ab
out reducing lead exposure around your home/building and the health effects of lead, visit
EPA’s Web site at
or contact your health care provider.
City of East Moline Water Filtration Plant distributed November 1, 2017.
 

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